Environment and Climate Change Committee


Meeting #:
Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West, and by electronic participation
  • Chair: Councillor Shawn Menard, 
  • Vice-chair: Councillor Marty Carr, 
  • Councillor Riley Brockington, 
  • Councillor David Brown, 
  • Councillor Cathy Curry, 
  • Councillor Sean Devine, 
  • Councillor David Hill, 
  • Councillor Theresa Kavanagh, 
  • Councillor Rawlson King, 
  • Councillor Matt Luloff, 
  • and Councillor Tim Tierney 

Christopher Zwierzchowski, Committee Coordinator
(613) 580-2424, ext. 21359
[email protected]

Notices and meeting information are attached to the agenda and minutes, including: availability of simultaneous interpretation and accessibility accommodations; in camera meeting procedures; information items not subject to discussion; personal information disclaimer for correspondents and public speakers; notices regarding minutes; and remote participation details.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

Except where otherwise indicated, reports requiring Council consideration will be presented to Council on April 12, 2023 in Environment and Climate Change Committee Report 2.

The deadline to register by phone to speak, or submit written comments or visual presentations is 4 pm on March 20, 2023, and the deadline to register to speak by email is 8:30 am on March 21, 2023.

File No. ACS2023-OCC-CCS-0033 - City-wide

  • Report reccommendation

    That the Environment and Climate Change Committee receive this report for information.

File No. ACS2023-PRE-EDP-0011 – Somerset (14)

  • Report recommendations

    That the Environment and Climate Change Committee recommend Council:

    1. Authorize the General Manager of Infrastructure and Water Services, or their designate, to review and consider the approval of a connection to the City’s wastewater infrastructure to supply wastewater to a proposed Wastewater Energy Transfer (WET) system for the Dream LeBreton development, subject to receipt of a detailed design, a third-party review and to the satisfaction of General Manager;
    2. Approve the proposed WET System Design Review Fee and an annual Energy Transfer Fee for the WET system connection to the City’s wastewater infrastructure based on a required flow rate ($/L/sec) being considered to support anticipated energy demands for the Dream LeBreton development;
    3. Delegate the authority to the General Manager of Infrastructure and Water Services, or designate, to negotiate, enter into, execute and amend a Wastewater Energy Transfer Agreement with Theia Partners Inc. / Envari Holding Inc. Partnership and any other agreements necessary to give effect thereto upon such terms and conditions satisfactory to the General Manager of Infrastructure and Water Services, guided by the proposed Draft Term Sheet attached as Document 3, and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor;
    4. Direct staff to report back to Council by Q4 2024 on a review of existing procedures to enable district energy infrastructure to locate within the municipal road allowance / rights-of-way, including addressing instances where such infrastructure may cross property lines; and  
    5. Direct staff to report back on the results of the WET System pilot project, no later than 18 months following implementation of the WET System.

File No. ACS2023-OCC-CCS-0032 - City-wide

  • WHEREAS On April 24, 2019, City Council declared a Climate Emergency for the purposes of naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our eco systems, and our community from climate change;

    WHEREAS this declaration provides additional direction to staff for expanded work on the Climate Change Master Plan, Energy Evolution, and the future Climate Resiliency Plan;

    WHEREAS part of this plan has included commitment to supporting the transition to electric vehicles and has installed several electric vehicle charging stations across Ottawa. Transitioning from gas and diesel vehicles to electric vehicles is one of the most important actions required to meet Ottawa’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050;

    WHEREAS the city launched 24 new on-street charging stations. The charging stations are at 12 locations in the urban area such as Beechwood Avenue, Daly Avenue, Wellington Street West, Cartier Street, Main Street and Laurier Avenue East; 

    WHEREAS each site is equipped with two level 2 chargers which provide 35 to 45 km per hour of charging. Users are charged $2 per hour;

    WHEREAS the charging stations are part of the City’s efforts to support the uptake of electric vehicles in Ottawa;

    WHEREAS this project was completed with support from the federal government under the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, and Envari, an affiliate of Hydro Ottawa.

    WHEREAS privately-owned companies as well as organizations such as the Ottawa Airport Authority currently offer charging stations in their paid parking lots and garages;

    WHEREAS the City has also recently installed charging stations at a City-owned park and ride station at Chapel Hill Park and Ride; and 

    WHEREAS Park and Ride spaces are purchased and paid for monthly, much like paying for parking across the city. 

    WHEREAS the City continues to review locations and will be making recommendations for additional EV charging in Ottawa;

    WHEREAS the City of Peterborough approved the installation of eight parking charging stations for electric cars free to use with paid parking;

    WHEREAS the public charging stations planned for Peterborough will be free to charge with paid parking; 

    WHEREAS providing free charging aligns with the current public EV charging approach the City already offers;

    WHEREAS the gradual charging speed of EV stations may keep drivers longer in the city centre that may lead to greater economic activity for downtown businesses. 

    WHEREAS the public stations may help attract visitors to travel and spend extra time in Ottawa that otherwise may not have visited the downtown due to its limited EV charging capabilities. 

    WHEREAS on-street parking rate proposed rate for Ottawa’s 2023 Budget is set at a maximum of $4 per hour;

    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Staff explore the ability to use unspent dollars from the Climate Change Master Plan and Energy Evolution to fund the purchase and retrofitting that may be required to fund the cost of public-use EV chargers in already established parking metered spaces. 

    THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this project consider and ensure that:

    1. The appropriate duration and location of time for downtown metered spaces 
    2. Feasibility of locations with proximity to current electrical conduits, such as newly resurfaced Montreal Road and other complete streets in the city
    3. Local municipal parking garages are included 
    4. Parking enforcement of a 4-hour parking limit is not exceeded to allow for multiple EVs re-energizing  per day. 
    5. Parking in these spots would be restricted to electric vehicles and only while charging. 
    6. There is opportunity to align with High Performance Development Standards (HPDS), in terms of its requirements for private development, to induce developers to add EV chargers (cost recouped through a “preferred parking” fee) for resident parking and/or visitor parking at their private developments of multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs).

    THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED staff report back in Q3 2023 on the feasibility and implementation of this project.

Next Meeting

April 18, 2023.